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Re: License

On Tue, Jan 28, 2003 at 08:16:45PM +0100, Daniel Bonniot wrote:

> >What's the value of having it in contrib instead of in non-free?  That
> >sounds like a subterfuge to me.

> I'm just asking where it can go. Could it go in main? Formally it would 
> be free and not "depend" in the package sense on anything non-free, but 
> it would require the installation of non-DSFG software.

> Moreover, contrib must exist for a reason: every contrib package could 
> also be in non-free, right? So it's better to be in contrib than in 
> non-free. Or am I missing something?

It can't go in main, because it's not self-contained: it requires other,
non-free software to be useful.

It could go in contrib, because the definition for contrib is "free
software that requires other software that's not part of main".
However, only the installer itself would be free software.  Is the
installer itself useful in its own right, or is it only useful for
enabling people to get to the non-free software?  If the second of these
is true, I think it belongs in non-free.

Steve Langasek
postmodern programmer

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